A Student of History

August 1, 2006

Digging up Ireland

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 11:29 pm

From Yahoo News today:

Life in the Iron Age may have been nasty, brutish and short but people still found time to style their hair and polish their fingernails — and that was just the men.  These are the findings of scientists who have been examining the latest preserved prehistoric bodies to emerge from Ireland’s peat bogs — the first to be found in Europe for 20 years.

One of the bodies, churned up by a peat-cutting machine at Clonycavan near Dublin in 2003, had raised Mohawk-style hair, held in place with gel imported from abroad.  The other, unearthed three months later and 25 miles away in Oldcroghan by workmen digging a ditch, had perfectly manicured fingernails.

I have not seen pictures yet but will post same as soon as I locate some.  The rest of the on-line article is here

A related article from the BBC in January 2006 is here.


  1. Oldcroghan man, the article went on to say, had had his head removed, and the other one was close to having a nipple severed. Gee, what with mohawks and manicures life must have been a riot around the bog.

    I enjoyed visiting your blog. You have some interesting posts.:)

    Comment by elementaryhistoryteacher — August 2, 2006 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  2. May my blog not become a bog!

    Comment by John Maass — August 2, 2006 @ 3:19 am | Reply

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